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Build a life-size monument of Robocop in Detroit! Part man, part machine, all crowd funded!
Build a life-size monument of Robocop in Detroit! Part man, part machine, all crowd funded!
2,718 backers pledged $67,436 to help bring this project to life.

Guest Update with New Pics, Studio Visit, and Love Connection

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About a month ago, a friend and great photographer (as you will see) contacted us with a favor. Seems that after her transplant from Detroit to Texas she found big love in the big state, and our little RoboCop Statue played a small role! The story, which will one day be legend no doubt, goes that on their first date (you know, when you tell your life stories and try not to do something too dumb) the statue came up in conversation. He is a huge Robo fan and backer! She recognized his refined taste and decided that he's a keeper, so when they were planning to come to Detroit for a visit she devised a secret plan of her own to surprise him with a visit to Venus Bronze Works. How could we say no to that! Plus they are sharing the love with us! Here's Taylor's update with Elisabeth's pictures!

A RoboBacker in Old Detroit

Like the rest of you, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the latest Robo news, and through a serious of fortunate events, I found myself face to face with Robocop’s large bronze visage on my very first trip to Detroit.

Serve the public trust; Protect the innocent; Uphold the law; [Classified]
Serve the public trust; Protect the innocent; Uphold the law; [Classified]

10 Feet Tall and Bulletproof

The last time Team Robo checked in, the molds had been prepared and were at Venus Bronze Works in the capable hands of artisan Giorgio Gikas, who is in the final stages of crafting many dollars’ worth of bronze bricks into a Robocop that will weight 2500 pounds and stand 10 feet tall—13 once on his pedestal.

Hundreds of pounds of raw bronze
Hundreds of pounds of raw bronze
A modest Giorgio
A modest Giorgio

Touring the studio helped me understand just how large of an undertaking building the statue has been. Giorgio put in a furnace solely to melt the statue’s bronze, which is then poured by hand into each form. And after a tremendous amount of work—pro-bono, no less—almost every section of Robocop has been cast, ready to be assembled.

Bronze furnace
Bronze furnace
Ready for duty
Ready for duty

I left the studio knowing that the project remains in good hands, and Robo is nearing the final stages of completion. I’m excited… are you? Go get ‘em.

Trunk mold in preparation
Trunk mold in preparation
Dead or alive, you’re coming with me
Dead or alive, you’re coming with me
Supportive footwear
Supportive footwear
After and before
After and before
OCP runs the cops
OCP runs the cops
Look at the size
Look at the size

My what a big bronze head you have

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Hi all! Here are the latest pictures we've received from Venus Bronze Works showing the fully cast bronze head and some other Robo features. We're excited to see the progress and have been told they're closing in on completion. Of course, we're in the same position you are, waiting for the work to be done. The good news is production clearly continues. We'll keep you updated when we get another update from Venus.

Thank you again for your companionship on this loooong road to a giant statue.

Hello, Giorgio! Checking In With Venus Bronze Works (Video)

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Robobackers! Last weekend MLive paid a visit to Giorgio Gikas at Venus Bronze Works on Detroit's east side to check in with his progress on Robo and to shoot some video and pics. 

The whole piece is a nice update while we all patiently wait for Giorgio to finish his hands-on, slow-roasted process. He reports that 80% of the molds are now done and that the 10' tall, 3,000 lb bronze statue will be complete by spring. Check it out here:

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2014/12/detroits_robocop_statue_photos.html

Thank you again for your support throughout the marathon. You just have to smile at the time it takes, knowing the final mold, pour, and assembly is being done at the right place: the last bronze shop in Detroit, in all its old school glory, with an accomplished local artist like Giorgio. It means a lot to everyone involved, and Giorgio and all the amazing craftspeople who are making it real send their regards.

Our very best from Detroit and the Internet,

Team Robo & Friends

Quick Clarification: Statue Coming Later This Year, NOT Today

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You may have heard in the news today that the RoboCop statue was being unveiled in Detroit today. This was news to us! And not true news.

To be clear: the RoboCop statue is still on track to be finished later this year, and is still in the hands of Giorgio Gikas at Venus Bronze Works in Detroit, but news reports about it being unveiled today are incorrect.

Perhaps the miscommunication grew from the misreporting of an MGM promotion for the new RoboCop DVD where a person in a RoboCop outfit is walking around Detroit and throwing out the first pitch at the Tigers game tonight.

All official updates will come through this page.

Thank you for your cooperation, and Go Tigers!

Team Robo

On the eve of the new RoboCop release in America, the original RoboCop Statue moves ever closer towards completion!

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Greetings RoboBackers! How do you feel about the new flick, have you seen it, will you? We all know it’s a Robo of a different color, but we’re hopeful it will be worthwhile. If it’s half as epic as the original, I’d consider it a win! 

 Just a quick update to fill you in on where we are at in production. After receiving the model here in Detroit, Venus Bronze Works put him together and we all scrutinized the final pose he will have for the rest of eternity. After successfully imitating an iconic Robo pose, VBW chopped him up (much like in RoboCop 2) into the pieces needed for the molds and bronze pour. We’re in the process of purchasing a whole lot of bronze, made possible by you, dear backers! 

 Here’s a couple links to recent local articles about the statue and new movie, followed by some picks of the chopped up model. Next up, the bronze pour! We’ll be sure to give you an update then, going to be awesome!

http://metrotimes.com/news/take-a-look-at-detroit-s-robocop-statue-1.1629190

http://www.freep.com/article/20140209/ENT01/302090057/-RoboCop-Detroit-Joel-Kinnaman4

Check out this amazing detail from Mark Dubeau, Fred Barton Productions and Across The Board Creations! Can't wait for Venus Bronze Works to make this a reality!

courtesy of Detroit Free Press
courtesy of Detroit Free Press
courtesy of Detroit Free Press
courtesy of Detroit Free Press

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